year : 2014 79 results

What is the face of your dinner table?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own. Today we are getting real. A lot of times we do not want others to see what goes on behind our closed doors. But, today we are sharing with you what our table looks like at meal time. Sometimes we have happy faces. Sometimes we have angry faces. Sometimes we have sad faces. Sometimes we laugh. Sometimes we fight. Sometimes someone doesn't want to be talked to. Sometimes someone doesn't ...

Dr. O. Roi Hardy Park

This week we discovered a fun, safe park. If you have kids who like to run off to places you do not want them to go when you are at a park I have a perfect one for you. The Dr. O. Roi Hardy Park in Riverton, Utah has some great features! It is a great park to corral your kids because there is only one entrance/exit. Dr. O. Roi Hardy Park Where is it located? 12400 River Vista Dr (1000 West) in Riverton, UTAH How much does it cost? FREE! Is food allowed? Yes! This is a public ...

Easter Crafts Roundup

Easter is this coming Sunday! Are you prepared?! If you need a few more last minute Easter crafts here are a few. Melted Crayon Eggs - my favorite way to decorate eggs within minutes. Stitched Easter Egg - a fun way to teach kids how to stitch. Countdown to Easter - fun activities to do each day to anticipate Easter. Easter Bunny Pancakes - not technically a craft, but it is an easy breakfast for Easter morning. Easter Egg Door Decoration - a 30 minute craft made from ...

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

I'm sure you have all heard of the book I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.  But, have you heard of the book I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie?  When we went to the library to find a couple other books, we ran across this book.  I had not heard of this book before, so I was excited to take this home to read it with my son. I found this great printable to go along with the book I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie.  I wanted to do something a little bit different so we ...

How To Make A Spaceship from an Egg

One day while perusing the craft store I discovered a large egg. I thought surely there must be something fun that I can do with this, so I bought it. They come in a few different colors, but I chose the yellow. After some brainstorming I thought what if we made a spaceship. There are many different kinds that have an egg or a dome shape that kids who watch movies are aware of such as Little Einsteins, The Jetsons or Meet The Robinsons. Today we decided to make a spaceship like the one ...

This Is The Place Heritage Park

I know many of us have visited This Is The Place Heritage Park at one point or another.  But, have you visited during Baby Animal Season?!  Did you know they had a Baby Animal Season?  I didn't until just recently when a friend of mine posted a picture of her son holding a baby chicken.  I immediately called, asked where she was, and planned a time when I could take my kids.  Baby Animal Season is only April 3 - May 23.  Obviously the baby animals won't be as little when you go ...

The Gingerbread Man

This weeks we are excited to talk about the book The Gingerbread Man.  This is another classic book that is many of us have grown up reading.  The story is about a woman who wanted to do something nice for her husband because of all the hard work he does around their house and yard.  So, she decided to make a Gingerbread Man cookie.  Once she takes the cookie out of the oven it comes to life and run out of their house.  The cookie runs past different animals telling them "you can't ...

Chore Chart: Lanyard Style

Have you accepted our Challenge: Shed 300 in 30 days? Wednesday is day 30, the last day of our challenge. Whether you have been following our challenge or have been doing your own spring cleaning now is a great time to start a chore chart. This is a way to keep my kids and myself on track each day. We moved almost two years ago. I quickly realized we needed a chore chart to keep things semi clean. Why semi clean? When young kids are helping clean they are trying their best (most of the ...

Ogden Dinosaur Park – Discovering Utah

Each year when the weather starts to warm up I begin to think about what we are going to do over the summer. We do not have a true summer because of our year round school but we still want to do fun things and visit fun places while it is warm. There are so many places here in Utah to visit and see and do. Each Friday we are going to share a location in Utah where you can take your family. We will share pictures so you know what to expect. We will share family friendly facts about the ...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This weeks book is an all time favorite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We fell in love with this book when K was just one.  It is a cute story about a caterpillar who is very hungry and eats all these different things, but gets sick.  In the end only one leaf makes him feel well enough.  It's always fun to have my kids guess what is going to happen throughout the book.  Have your kids tell you what happens at the end of the book, and then read to see if they were right.  The illustrati...

Easter Egg Planter

When we made a trip to the local dollar store for supplies for our Easter Egg Door Decoration we picked up a few other supplies. You know when you have an idea so you buy a few supplies even when you are not sure if it will work out or not? That is what we did. This craft actually took about 10 minutes. We wanted to create something before school so we put this together. The girls were overly excited to help this time. Supplies: Rectangular planter Rectangular foam Rocks ...

General Conference {FREE} Printable

Around this time I start to wonder "How I am going to keep my Little Chefs busy or engaged or willing to watch General Conference?" What is the best method? There are so many resources out there with different options and suggestions. (We have also shared a General Conference Packet previously.) I have found the best method is different for each of my girls. Their ages and abilities make it difficult to have one rule that fits all. I have come to realize that it is ok for each person to have ...

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...) is such a cute book.  K loved reading this book over and over.  The story starts with a boy eating cookies outside his house.  Soon he sees a mouse and want to share his cookies with it.  The mouse eats the cookie and then asks for milk, of course the boy gives him some milk.  The little mouse continues asking for things, and the cute little boy continues to give him what he would like.  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is written well by ...

Mini Easter Basket

A couple years ago, I believe it was, I saw a post where a pop top can was opened from the bottom. It was cleaned out, refilled and a label was put on the outside for a christmas neighbor gift. I can't remember where I saw it, but here is another example with the instructions on the can portion. With the beginning of an idea from my mom I decided to use one of these cans I still had stashed away to turn it into an Easter basket. Supplies: can (see link above for instructions) blue ...

Easter Egg Stitches

Last year I taught my Little Chefs how to stitch on a plastic canvas to make these fun Stitched Easter Eggs. I showed them how to do each stitch and then let them loose. They created these on their own. (Actually, I did thread and rethread the yarn over and over and over again as it was pulled out of the needle.) They did ALL of the stitching. This is why this piece of art was displayed in our home for a very long time. They were all extremely proud of their work! Today I thought I'd share ...

It Looked Like Spilt Milk

We are so excited to introduce the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk.  When we asked friends and neighbors if they had heard of it the majority said "no".  This is a great book because, I feel, it promotes creative thinking.  There is repetition that not only engages the children, but it makes it easy for them to respond.  There are different shapes and pictures, but in the end what are the shapes?  Read this book and find out!! One thing we enjoyed doing was going out on a cloudy day. ...

How To Boil An Egg

Hard boiled eggs are the most common at our house throughout the year, not just at Easter. I think it is because they can be made and then they can sit until everyone wakes up. They do not need to be immediately served. Technically the eggs are not boiled they are cooked. If your hard cooked eggs are rubbery and dry they were cooked too long. They should still be soft. Soft cooked eggs have a runny yolk. They are served in their shell with bread to dip in the runny yolk or they may be ...

Fun Facts About Eggs

The next section in Martha Stewart's Cooking School Cookbook is Eggs! Since we will be talking about them for a while we decided to share some interesting facts we have learned about eggs. Eggs are the most versatile protein because it can be the basis for so many dishes. Eggs should be cooked on low to medium heat. Eggs are comprised of the yolk (yellow part) and albumen (white part). Yolk = most fat and most flavor Egg whites whip up to many times its volume. Fresh egg = plump ...

Easter Egg Door Decoration – Easter Crafts

We love Easter Crafts because they get us excited for Easter. Holiday's are only one day. When we extend it through crafts and food and activities the one day turns into days of fun and excitement. We were at our local dollar store when we saw a fun egg cut out. Right in the store came a little inspiration. Supplies: All items purchased at our local Dollar Tree Cut out egg Package of felt Hot glue Glitter glue The first step is to plan out your egg pattern. The best ...

Easter Linky Party

I love seeing all the new holiday posts. I thought it would be fun to create a dedicated linky party just for Easter. Anything Easter related is welcome. I will leave this party open until the beginning of May. Thanks for joining and be sure to help spread the word. An InLinkz Link-up

Pie in the Sky

This weeks book review is Pie in the Sky.  You haven't heard of it you say?  Well, neither had we until we went to the library.  This story is about the growing cycle of a cherry tree throughout the year.  This book is great for your younger kids and older kids.  There is a short story part to the book, but on each page there are riddles in smaller case wording.  They are similar to "I-spy".  At the conclusion of the book there is a full cherry pie recipe that you can make with your ...

Challenge: Shed 300 In 30 Days

The weather is getting warmer where we live but it always does this and then gets really cold one last time. I am trying not to be excited about the warmer weather yet. After a long winter I want to open the windows and air out the house, declutter and make things brighter and sunnier inside to reflect the outside. With now 5 Little Chefs we have a lot of stuff. Each person doesn't need to have a lot to collectively have a lot. I do know it is a lot easier to keep things picked up with less ...

Saint Patrick Day FREE Wordart

My Little Chefs were out of school so we decided to take a little vacation...a much needed vacation. We went to California to spend some time at Disneyland and with family.  Vacations are not totally relaxing when we have 5 kids and 2 being hard to handle. Amazingly it went better then I expected. The car ride was not bad. We tried a few different tricks for travelling. (interested in hearing them?) We stayed in a not so great hotel and a couple better ones. We had a few bad mornings at ...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

When I told Little Chef K we were going to read the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs he was very excited!  He enjoys watching the movies, and didn't know there was a book that we could read.  This story starts with a Grandfather who tells his grandchildren about a town called Chewandswallow.  This town looks just like any other, but there aren't any grocery stores and restaurants to have a kitchen.  The town has crazy weather 3 times a day.  What kind of weather?  You will have to ...